Make sure you know everything you can about our application, interview and selection process. You can also find out more about what it’s like working here, your career development and life at EY.
Q: How can I learn about open graduate/entry level positions?
A: For a complete list of open positions in your country of choice, go to Job search. Or if there’s one available, contact your campus careers office for information.
Q: How do I start the application process?
A: Research our website to identify your area of interest, then go to Job search and apply online. You'll find information about specific qualification requirements in the job descriptions. For more detailed information on our recruiting process, see our application process section.
Q: Are there any offices where it's easier to obtain an interview or offer?
A: All our offices require the same high standards of academic qualifications, competencies and personal qualities. However, some offices recruit higher numbers of graduates, giving you increased opportunities to apply and interview. Go to Job search to review the opportunities on offer in your preferred location(s) and apply.
Q: Can I speak to someone about your recruiting process and available programs?
A: There are several ways to find out more about our process and programs. If one is available to you, start by scheduling an appointment with your campus career services office. You could also talk to your professors or peers who have been on one of our internship programs.
They can provide more information and insights to help you make an informed decision about pursuing a career with EY.
Q: What happens once you receive my CV/resume?
A: Our interview process varies slightly according to the country and position(s) for which you apply. As soon as we receive your application, we'll send you a confirmation email. If your qualifications meet our requirements, we'll then invite you for an interview. Make sure you read our helpful tips on how to prepare for an interview.
Q: Can I update my profile and job submissions?
A: Yes, you can update your profile and job submissions whenever you want. Simply log in to your profile where you can edit all your information. If you wish to update or withdraw a job submission select “My Job Page” within your profile where you can make adjustments.
Q: Can I delete my profile and job submissions?
A: Yes, you can delete your profile and job submissions whenever you want. To delete your account, log in to your profile and then click on “My Account Options” where you’ll find a delete link. Click on this link and follow the online instructions to delete your account.
Q: How can I receive Job Posting Notifications?
A: To receive Job Posting Notifications, access your profile, click on "My Account Options," scroll down to the correspondence section, click on the "Edit" link and select "Send me an email notification whenever a new position matching my profile is posted (Job Posting Notification)."
Q: How can I retrieve my username or password?
A: Click on the link to access your profile and at the log in page click on "Forgot password" or "Forgot username." Follow the online instructions and you’ll then receive an email with your request.
Q: How is EY structured?
A: EY is a global organization made up of member firms in 140 countries. Each member firm is owned by its partners and they have operational control of their business.
However, in order to maintain the same high standards of service quality and delivery in each of our locations, we have a global governance structure. This consists of four geographic Areas, each with an Area Executive that works in close association with our Global Executive, headed up by our CEO, Jim Turley.
To support our efforts as a global organization, we also have a global entity, EY Global, which works strategically with each of our Areas to support consistency and excellence in all of our activities around the world.
Q: Where does EY have offices around the world?
A: Ernst & Young has 167,000 people working across the world in more than 140 countries. Take a look at our location map.
Q: How do I choose which service line to join?
A: The right choice for you’ll reflect your area of interest and specialization. Have a good look around our website to get a feel for who we are and the services we offer. Then speak with your professors, recruiters, campus careers advisors, friends and family to gather all the information you need to understand where you may be most successful.
EY is growing and expanding in new and exciting business areas, particularly Advisory Services, so there are lots of opportunities for you to consider. Invest time now to research the possibilities, so you can make an informed choice later on.
Q: Do I need certification of any kind to join EY?
A: The requirement for qualifications depends on the opportunities you're most interested in and where you apply. You'll find more detailed information about specific qualification requirements in the job descriptions found in Job search.
Q: Can I apply for a job outside my home country?
A: You can apply for any open positions in any one of the 140 countries that hires graduates. Your eligibility, however, depends on the hiring country’s qualification requirements, employment laws, and work permit and/or visa requirements.
Q: What is the organization’s policy on flexible working?
A: We're committed to helping our people succeed professionally and personally. We have a pragmatic approach to supporting individuals who need to meet commitments in and out of the office. We’ll discuss it with you and together agree on a framework that meets your needs as well as those of the business, our teams and our clients.
This approach allows you to manage family commitments, or pursue personal passions outside of work. We’re proud that some of our people have participated in the Olympics, written novels and recorded albums alongside pursuing a career at EY.
We also believe in the power of inclusiveness, and have created a work environment that provides the flexibility and support to accommodate our people’s personal as well as professional needs. When you join us, you’ll be joining an organization that respects you as a talented individual, without regard to your background, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation or physical abilities.
Q: Do you offer work experience? What program would suit me best?
A: We strongly believe in providing work experience opportunities to help you make the transition from education to business. We offer work experience in many of our countries. See what opportunities are available to you. You can also check with your university career services for more information.
Q: Do you offer Internships?
A: Yes. If you're looking to jump-start your career, participating in one of our internship programs will give you valuable experience and insights. If your internship goes well, at the end of the program you may be offered a full-time position with us when you’ve completed your studies. Take a look at the different programs available to you – but be aware that not every country offers every program.
Q: What responsibilities do interns have?
A: As an intern you’ll work in a team just like our new graduate employees. This means you'll collect data, complete analyses, prepare presentations, and participate in meetings. Rest assured, you’ll also receive intensive training to help get you started, and extensive coaching from the advisors on your team along the way.
Q: What is the International Intern Leadership Conference (IILC) and how can I apply to go?
A: The IILC is an annual event held at Disney World in Orlando, Florida. It's the largest event of its kind and attended by over 2,000 participants from all over the world.
IILC gives interns the opportunity to meet and greet our global leadership and learn about our vision and strategy. The conference is by invitation only and is a reward for the best performing interns.
You'll learn from our top leaders, participate in seminars on current global issues and get involved in team activities. It’s a great way to build your global network and your vision of what your future at EY might be.
Q: How will I continue to grow as a professional?
A: We're committed to your ongoing learning and development. We take your individual strengths and learning requirements into account to provide the right blend of experiences, learning and coaching for you. This approach will help accelerate your progress and support your career goals and aspirations.
We call this approach EYU, [Link to Your Development, How will I develop tab] and it reflects a commitment to your development. We’ll work with you to articulate your needs and aspirations and will provide the tools and opportunities you need to fulfill them.
Q: What kind of training can I expect from EY?
A: Training is a core element of EYU. With our award-winning learning and development programs, you receive the formal training you need through a variety of approaches in the classroom and online.
You'll also receive valuable informal training through new experiences and on-the-job coaching and mentoring. See EYU for more information.
Q: Once I join, can I work in another country?
A: We're committed to offering our people international experiences. Once you've been with us for a year, you can apply for a short or long-term secondment or to our international mobility program. You'll need a strong performance record to qualify. Speak to your manager and they’ll help you identify any suitable opportunities to enhance your career development with some international experience.
Q: What influence will I have over my career progression?
A: You own your career at EY, but developing it is a mutual commitment. You're responsible for telling us your aspirations, and your performance reviews will help us identify your developmental needs.
We provide a supportive, learning, teaming and high-performance environment that will help you become a highly competent and successful professional. We offer plenty of career options and, wherever possible, we allow flexibility, so you can balance the demands of work and personal life.
In return, you take responsibility for your professional and personal growth and for performing at your best every day.
Q: What are the typical hours in a working week?
A: There's no typical week at EY. Your hours will vary according to the work or engagement in which you're involved. There may be some weekend work, particularly during busy periods. We encourage teams at all levels to work flexibly and discuss and negotiate how to meet the demands of each engagement. By communicating regularly with your team and supervisor, you'll be able to understand their expectations and plan your time effectively.
Q: What do people wear at EY?
A: Our office dress policy is business casual. However, we're providing a professional service to our clients and they expect us to look the part, so formal business attire is appropriate for meetings with clients. The exception to this rule is when you're based at client sites, in which case you may adopt the client's dress code policy.
Q: What is the social life like in the office?
A: Here, you'll find individuals representing a variety of backgrounds, opinions and perspectives but united by a shared set of values.
This means there are plenty of groups and networks built around shared issues and interests. These range from hobbies, sports and creative or intellectual pursuits to support and volunteering opportunities. They also include groups such as working mothers, professional women’s networks, ethnic and cultural groups and a well-supported lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender group.
Regardless of your background, gender or areas of focus, you'll find colleagues who share your interests.
Q: What is EY's approach to diversity and inclusiveness?
A: We've created an environment where all people feel valued, are part of the community and are able to perform at their best and be successful.
Diversity is the mix of people we have and inclusiveness is how we make the most of that mix. It's about welcoming and harnessing diverse viewpoints, and about how this leads to making better decisions for us and for our clients. It's also about operating in a way that helps people achieve their potential and make a difference, wherever they come from and whatever their characteristics.
We believe in developing our people's cultural awareness and skills, including helping them to be aware of their own assumptions, frames of reference and behaviors.
Our commitment to diversity and inclusiveness makes business sense: it helps us to engage with clients and teams in a global economy. And in a world of shifting demographics, it enables us to navigate efficiently across boundaries.
Q: What is EY's approach towards environmental sustainability?
A: We recognize that we have a responsibility to reduce our impact on the environment, but we also see sustainability as an important business issue for EY and for our clients.
On a global basis, we measure our carbon footprint and find ways to reduce it such as:
- Locating our offices in buildings that meet the highest standards for sustainability
- Reducing the need for overseas travel through the use of video and teleconferencing
- Sourcing green energy suppliers wherever possible
As an individual, you can participate in one of the eco-teams in our offices that promote responsible practices, or you can contribute your time to a charity or organization that benefits the environment.
Q: How can I get involved with my local community?
A: We encourage our people to use their skills to help their communities achieve their goals by volunteering. We’ve divided our activities into three Es: entrepreneurship, education and environmental sustainability.
You’ll have many opportunities to get involved in the community where you live or work. For example, EY people serve as tutors for promising secondary school students, mentor aspiring entrepreneurs and organize tree-planting efforts.
Getting involved in these activities can benefit your career too, helping you build skills in different or unexpected areas.
Q: I have personal commitments that are important to me. Can I still join EY?
A: We understand that success is broader than what you achieve at the office; for many, family will always come first. That's why we support one another in attaining life balance, in reaching our personal goals, and keeping our personal commitments.
Some of our people have participated in professional sports, written novels, recorded albums and achieved a host of personal initiatives while working with us. More still have raised children. The key to balancing your professional and personal commitments is communicating often with your team and supervisor and remaining flexible.